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Adiós, Gabo

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“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Humanity has lost one of its brightest lights. Heartbroken, today, to hear the news of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s passing. I read One Hundred Years of Solitude when I was 17, and it set the rest of my life on fire. Both beacon and doorway, it set me off on a quest to make beauty, integrity, and the magic of the everyday world a part of my life.

cien años de soledad

You will never grow old. You will never be forgotten. We will speak your name with love and longing, always. Live forever in the dreams pursued by those whose lives you entered and altered.

“If I knew that today would be the last time I’d see you, I would hug you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I knew that this would be the last time you pass through this door, I’d embrace you, kiss you, and call you back for one more. If I knew that this would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I knew this is the last time I see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

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12 thoughts on “Adiós, Gabo

  1. Sad to loose him. I have only read 100 years of solitude and took it on completely naively and unprepared for Garcia’s entrancing style.
    It’s funny before I even read the post, the art on the book cover made me think of Garcia and that book instantly!
    After reading that one book I wondered if perhaps I wasn’t only reading about a mystical/mythical world, but I was having it wrought upon me! My mind will never be the same again.Thank God!

  2. Thank you for your fitting tribute. His wisdom will be missed. I love the latter quote because it reminds us that we never know if tomorrow will come so it is best to live in the present as if it were our last day not taking anything for granted.

  3. snicklefritzin43 says:

    Sad news for this long time reader of his wonderful writing. Read his “One Hundred Years of Solitude” at least once every five years. One season I read all of his books…took a bit of searching but the delight in filling myself with his stories and words was worth the effort…his contribution to the world of creative, magical story creating is a huge block of the structure of the enjoyment of reading in my life. Thank you for your wonderful selection of some fantastic quotes.

    • This year I listened to the audiobook, instead! It was…not as good as reading the book, and the narrator was unsuitable. Still, it was nice to be able to do some embroidery, this time ;) I love his short stories, too, perhaps more than the novels, as the short story is my favorite literary form. He is probably more than half the reason that we are moving to South and Central America later this year…

    • Thank you…the second one was from Goodreads’ quotes by garcia Marquez, though I wonder about its provenance…also, there’s a grammatical mistake in it, though it could just have been by the person who was adding the quote… I’ve never come across it before, anyway.

    • Did you read him in Swedish? It’s funny to reflect that although we identify with one book, we have each read a different book, and different again from the one Gabo originally wrote, in that the perfect translation is not actually possible, and every translation is really a separate text. It’s my dream to read the original Spanish of his works, and re-discover the writer behind his translators…

  4. A beautiful thank you and goodbye. Though I know of ‘one hundred years’ I haven’t yet read it, but will now make it top of my to read list. I love hearing about books that changed people’s lives, that’s one of the reasons I’m inspired to write. Blessings to you and may the sadness be wrapped in celebration that such a soul was gifted to us for a whole human lifetime. H xxx

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